Bread Loaf Lecture: The Tolstoy Family Story Contest

Coffee Shop, Peterson Student Center

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Free and open to the public, each lecture is followed by a question-and-answer period.

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Michael Katz will speak about his current project, “The Tolstoy Family Story Contest.”  He retranslates Tolstoy's notorious and controversial story, “The Kreutzer Sonata” and translates into English for the first time two “counter-stories” by Tolstoy’s wife and one by their son, all of which disagree with Tolstoy’s tale. His wife's stories, recently published in Moscow, lay hidden for almost 100 years in an attempt to avoid compromising her reputation as Tolstoy's faithful wife and the mother of his many children.

Michael Katz is C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College.  The author of  The Literary Ballad in Early Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Dreams and the Unconscious in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction, he has translated and edited the Norton Critical Editions of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground and Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. Professor Katz also has translated, among other works, Dostoevsky's Devils, Alexander Herzen's Who Is to Blame?, and N. G. Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?

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